A cheeky expose from 14-time grand slam king Novak Djokovic has set into viewpoint just how dominant tennis’ prime male stars are on the eve of but a further finals showdown amongst the Serb and Rafael Nadal.
As we saw clear as day in this week’s run of semi-finals, the very predicted “next gen” of tennis stars is even now chasing its tail in research of an opening to topple the modern day working day greats.
The figures basically really do not lie. Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have laid squander to innumerable growing tennis stars, profitable 50 of the past 60 grand slams.
Presenting a stage of sheer domination not known to most sporting arenas, it’d be unachievable for tennis’ major 3 to not have somewhat major heads.
A person could argue Djokovic — a guy who has reigned supreme at Melbourne Park 6 instances in 11 several years — experienced gained a proper to be arrogant likely into his seventh Aussie Open up semi closing from Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
In a shock to pretty handful of on the tennis circuit, the Serb minced his 24-yr-aged opponent — who loved a dogged increase to his very first grand slam semi — in straight sets 6-0 6-2 6-2.
The Environment No. 1 afterwards admitted his most significant opponent of the match was not Pouille, but Nadal.
In an job interview for the formal Australian Open up web page, Djokovic unashamedly confessed he was on the lookout to concede fewer video games than the Spaniard in his respective semi from Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Yes (smiling). It was challenging to do that, but by some means (I) managed,” Djokovic said.
“He has performed impressively nicely all over the total match. He has not dropped a established. He appeared as fantastic as at any time on the challenging courtroom all over these handful of months. I have not performed poor myself past pair matches. I believe that this finals arrives at the proper time for each of us. I’m absolutely sure we’re likely to have a blast on the courtroom.”
Djokovic mentioned the victory more than Pouille was “one of my very best matches on Rod Laver Arena”.
“I’ve experienced some great matches, pair matches in a row the place I would earn easily in straight sets,” he mentioned. “Considering the celebration and instances and taking part in semi-finals right here, this is undoubtedly a person of the very best matches I have performed on Rod Laver Arena in my occupation.”
Nadal, on the other hand, is out to enjoy sweet revenge more than the Djoker, who downed him in a 6 hour epic at the 2012 Australian Open up closing. The pair have a longstanding rivalry which has captivated the sporting globe for 13 several years, with the Serb coming out an inch on prime with 27 wins to Nadal’s 25.
“He’s my most significant rival in my occupation. I have performed so lots of matches from him, epic matches on this courtroom,” Djokovic mentioned. “Of class, the a person that stands out was the finals of 6 hrs practically in 2012. With any luck , we really do not go that lengthy this time. But I’m absolutely sure we’re likely to have a fantastic finals.”
For Djokovic, a seventh earn at Melbourne Park will sit as an all-time history, trumping Federer’s equivalent 6 titles.